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Nevermore Smash Cocktail- A Spooky Cocktail Fit for Halloween

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The “Nevermore Smash” is inspired by the eerie allure of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales, this cocktail is a blend of darkness and flavor that you won’t want to miss.

We have concocted a bewitching elixir featuring the robust aroma of fresh rosemary, the sweetness of succulent cherries, and the deep crimson allure of cherry juice. But the star of the show is the enigmatic black vodka, which lends an air of intrigue and a haunting hue to this chilling creation.

The “Nevermore Smash” is the perfect libation for those who dare to embrace the shadows and appreciate the artistry of a well-crafted cocktail.

Don’t be left in the dark – come and raise a glass to the mysterious and mesmerizing “Nevermore Smash.”

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What is a Smash Cocktail?

A smash cocktail is a type of mixed drink that typically consists of a base spirit (often whiskey, but it can be made with other spirits like gin or rum), fresh fruit or herbs, sugar or sweetener, and ice. The name “smash” is derived from the idea of muddling or “smashing” the ingredients together to release their flavors and create a refreshing and flavorful beverage.

The history of the smash cocktail dates back to the 19th century and is closely related to the broader category of cocktails known as “juleps.” Juleps are drinks made with a base spirit, sugar, and fresh mint, typically served over crushed ice. The smash is essentially a variation of the julep, and its origins are intertwined with the evolution of mixed drinks in America.

Here’s a brief overview of the history of the smash cocktail:

  1. Early 19th Century: The term “smash” first appeared in bartending literature in the early 19th century, with references to “gin smashes” and “brandy smashes.” These early smashes were simple drinks that combined a spirit with sugar and mint, often served over crushed ice. The use of fresh mint was a key characteristic.
  2. Kentucky Influence: Kentucky, known for its bourbon production, played a significant role in the development of the smash. Mint juleps, a popular Southern cocktail, were the inspiration for many smashes. The use of bourbon in smashes became particularly common.
  3. Variation and Evolution: Over time, the smash evolved to include a wider range of spirits, including gin, rum, and other liquors. The addition of fresh fruit, such as berries or citrus, and various sweeteners like simple syrup or fruit syrups, contributed to the diversification of the smash cocktail.
  4. Popularity and Adaptation: In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, smash cocktails were widely enjoyed in bars and saloons across America. Bartenders and enthusiasts would often adapt the recipe to suit seasonal ingredients and regional preferences.
  5. Modern Resurgence: The smash cocktail experienced a resurgence in popularity during the cocktail revival of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Mixologists began rediscovering classic recipes and experimenting with new variations, leading to a renewed interest in this refreshing style of cocktail.

Today, the smash remains a beloved category of cocktails known for their fresh and vibrant flavors, adaptability, and the opportunity for creativity in mixing different spirits, fruits, herbs, and sweeteners. While the basic concept of the smash remains consistent with its historical roots, modern bartenders continue to push the boundaries and create innovative interpretations of this classic cocktail.

Nevermore Smash

As the shadows lengthen and the evening’s veil descends, it’s time to explore the darker side of mixology with a libation known as the “Nevermore Smash.” This bewitching concoction, crafted with 2 oz of mysterious black vodka, 1 oz of luscious black cherry juice, and infused with the enigmatic flavors of muddled cherries and rosemary, is a hauntingly delightful journey into the world of dark spirits and smoky intrigue. To complete the experience, we’ll employ the Smokeshow cocktail smoker, releasing a whisper of rosemary smoke dust that’s sure to set the mood.


  • 2 oz of Black Vodka
  • 1 oz of Black Cherry Juice
  • Muddled Cherries
  • Muddled Rosemary
  • Rosemary Smoke Dust
  • Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
  • Ice

Crafting the “Nevermore Cocktail” Saga:

  1. Muddled Secrets: To unlock the hidden nuances within, muddle a few cherries and a sprig of rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. The cherries will release their sweet secrets, while the rosemary will offer an herbal note of complexity.
  2. Inky Elixir: Add the dark tale by pouring 2 oz of black vodka into a shaker filled with ice. This unique spirit, mysterious in both appearance and flavor, sets the stage for a truly enigmatic libation.
  3. Cherries of Intrigue: Next, introduce 1 oz of black cherry juice, a deeply decadent elixir that adds a luscious depth to the cocktail. Shake with ice! Strain into a glass.
  4. The Smoky Tale: Now, it’s time to set the scene with the Smokeshow cocktail smoker. Fill the smoker with rosemary smoke dust, an ethereal essence that will cast an intriguing aura over the cocktail.
  5. The Unveiling: Once the performance of smoke and spirits has concluded, strain the cocktail into a glass.
  6. Final Whispers: To complete this enigmatic journey, garnish with a small sprig of rosemary and a cherry, evoking the dark and mysterious themes of Poe’s “The Raven.”

The “Nevermore Cocktail” emerges as a fascinating exploration of the darker corners of mixology. With each sip, you’ll encounter the deep and complex allure of black vodka and black cherry juice, accented by the secrets of muddled cherries and rosemary. The ethereal rosemary smoke dust adds an element of mystique that lingers, inviting you to delve deeper into the narrative.

This cocktail, both intriguing and captivating, is the perfect choice for those seeking a taste of the mysterious and the enigmatic. As you raise your glass to toast the night, remember the words of Poe: “Nevermore.”

Nevermore Smash Cocktail

A haunting cocktail…
Prep Time5 minutes
Keyword: cherries, Rosemary, Vodka
Servings: 1


  • 1 Cocktail Shaker
  • 1 Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
  • 1 Butane Torch



  • 2 oz black vodka
  • 1 oz black cherry juice
  • 4-5 muddled cherries
  • 2 muddled sprigs of rosemary

Garnish & Smoke

  • 1 pinch Rosemary Smoke Dust



  • Muddle cherries and rosemary in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add black vodka and cherry juice. Shake with ice!
    2 oz black vodka, 1 oz black cherry juice, 4-5 muddled cherries
  • Strain into a glass.

Garnish & Smoke

  • Add Rosemary smoke dust to the Smokeshow and smoke! Garnish with a rosemary sprig!
    1 pinch Rosemary Smoke Dust, 2 muddled sprigs of rosemary

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